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Jim Harbaugh Gets Superstitious With Cleats

  • Pistol Peat
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Players and coaches alike have some game day superstitions that they take to religiously to ensure a ‘W’ at the day’s end.  Some that come to mind are Michael Jordan’s pre-game applesauce, Marshawn Lynch’s beast-mode skittles crave, and Sean Payton’s Juicy Fruit bubblegum.  Recently, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has obtained his own superstition that has earned his team a win every time he has worn his new game day apparel.

To go along with his usual khakis and black sweatshirt, Harbaugh has traded in his tennis shoes for some cleats on game day.

“The first thing that prompted (the cleats) was the scuffle I was trying to break up in Tennessee,”  Harbaugh said Monday.  “No traction.  I didn’t want to be in that situation again.”

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While the cleats could help out in case Harbaugh gets caught in the middle of another scuffle, there’s also another interesting fact that prompts him to wear them every time they play.  The debut of the cleats occurred in London when the 49ers beat the Jaguars.  Harbaugh did not wear them in the losses to the Panthers and the Saints.  Since those losses, Harbaugh has laced up the cleats and is 4-0 while wearing them.

“Now I’m wearing the cleats because we’ve won every time I’ve worn the cleats,” said Harbaugh.  “There was a time I was superstitious about not being superstitious.  And I’m suddenly super-stitious a little bit.”

Whatever it takes to add to the win column, you can be sure that Harbaugh and his 49ers will do it.

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